After playing nine seasons in the NFL, eight with Jacksonville and the last with Oakland, Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement through Twitter. The three-time Pro Bowler led the league in rushing in 2011. (Source: Maurice Jones-Drew on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: With the release of Darren McFadden and the retirement news of MJD, the Raiders currently have one running back on the roster, Latavius Murray. The size/speed combo of Murray combined with the up-tempo spread attack of Bill Musgrave portends great things for Murray next year. Before we anoint him the next fantasy stud, we must wait to see what GM McKenzie does to address the position in free agency and the draft.
Maurice Jones-Drew did not see any action during the Raiders blowout loss to the Denver Broncos.
Fantasy Impact: The Raiders inexplicably signed MJD to a three-year $7.5 million contract in the offseason. It's safe to say that he will not be in a Raiders uniform next year. He rushed for a total of 96 yards the whole year.
Maurice Jones-Drew carried the ball 5 times for 21 yards against the Rams. He actually looked the best out of the bunch with a 13 yard run where he broke a tackle. He also chipped in with 3 receptions for 23 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Why he still gets carries I have no idea. He did look decent on Sunday but that might be because DMC saw most of the action. Too bad the year is 2014 and not 2007.
MJD only touched the ball three times for six yards in Oakland's 24-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Fantasy Impact: Right now MJD is clearly playing second fiddle to McFadden, who had 18 touches for 56 total yards and a touchdown. Jones-Drew should not be in any starting lineups. He does still deserve to be on rosters, however, just for the fact that Oakland's backfield is still quite shaky.
Jones-Drew (hand) carried the ball twice for one yard to go along with two catches for two yards in Sunday's 38-14 loss to the Dolphins in London.
Fantasy Impact: His light workload was somewhat expected with Darren McFadden healthy and Oakland's Week-5 bye right around the corner. It's likely we will see a split timeshare when they return to action in Week 6 against San Diego.
Jones-Drew (hand) was a full participant in Thursday's practice and looks to be ready to play this Sunday in London against Miami. (Source: Bill Williamson - ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Jones-Drew is likely to split carries with Darren McFadden, and Run DMC may even see the majority of the snaps in London as a precautionary measure. MoJo is in that flex/RB4 range this Sunday.
Maurice Jones-Drew was not at the Raider's practice session on Wednesday with a hand injury and apparently underwent a "procedure" to resolve the issue. According to CSN's Fallon Smith, he is not expected to miss much time, if any. (Source: Fallon Smith on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Although it is unclear at this point what exactly the injury is or what the procedure entailed, it is apparent that Jones-Drew suffered the injury in Sunday's game against the Jets. He was able to return to the game without incident. From a fantasy perspective, the two-headed monster (so to speak) of Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden is a frustrating aspect for owners of either back. For those that have them handcuffed, the possibility of MJD missing any time would definitely open up opportunities for DMC and therefore make him a viable option this week vs. the Texans. The rest of the week's practice sessions will shed more light on this subject.
Maurice Jones-Drew took a big step in staking his claim as the lead back in the Raiders ground attack on Friday against Green Bay. On Oakland's first offensive drive, MJD took a 3rd and 2 carry, avoided a couple tacklers and found himself free and clear for a 40-yard touchdown scamper.
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners of Jones-Drew circa 2011 might have been waxing nostalgic about the MJD glory days. While it was very promising to see such an explosive play from a player we just haven't seen it from the past few years, Darren McFadden still remains a threat to Jones-Drew's carries. McFadden didn't show much of anything on Friday, so continue to look at this situation with Jones-Drew as the clear number one.
In somewhat of a surprise, Jones-Drew was in as the starting running back with the Raiders first team offense in Friday's preseason opener against the Vikings.
Fantasy Impact: While there was nothing to get too excited about from Jones-Drew's first carries in the silver and black, garnering 10 yards on just 2 carries, it's only the preseason and the Raiders offense struggled to maintain any drives. The bigger takeaway is MJD's place in the starting lineup over Darren McFadden. This will certainly be a situation to monitor for fantasy owners of both players.
McFadden showed the bigger burst, going for 23 yards on his first (and only) carry.
Both players came out of the game healthy.